In my Qigong class today we had a short discussion about the main differences between Tai Chi and Qigong. The consensus from those who do both, was that Tai Chi encourages more Fire (heart) energy, while Qigong encourages more Water (kidney) energy. For me it is the balance that is important
Qigong as well as encouraging core strength, flexibility, balance, resilience, fortitude and patience is also a way to explore our relationship both with ourselves and the Tao. Here is the first verse from the Tao te Ching by Lao-Tzu.